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Old 11-29-2012, 09:43 AM   #11 (permalink)
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to those who use water do you avoid getting certain areas wet?

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Old 11-29-2012, 10:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by tgelphman View Post
to those who use water do you avoid getting certain areas wet?
I use the detailing spray in between washes. When I wash, I use car wash soap and a hose. I wash the whole bike. Just dry it all off real good afterwards.

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:13 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Pretty simple and your MC is much more durable than you give it credit. Spray away with a garden hose just avoid the bearings and electrical connections. I scrub with a terrycloth towel using RainX wash.

Here is my secret sauce for spot free drying. You can use an ELECTRIC lawn blower or this...

For in between washes I use a detail polish called Original Bike Spirits. It does a great job keeping the dust and pollen off my bike.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by GPSchmidt View Post
Has anyone tried S100? I keep hearing good things about it.

S100 Total Cycle Cleaner
I use it, works great.

Spray it on, rinse it off, and dry with the electric leaf blower.

Takes 10 minutes and I'm off and riding.

I tried detail cleaning it once; it got dirty again.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:23 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Greasy metal; Engine Brite or diluted Zep Purple.
Chrome; finest grade steel wool to polish, clean rag to finish.
Plastic; Mother's Back to Black.
Painted surfaces; Wet rag, mild detergent if necessary, finish with distilled-water damp rag.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by roadsnakes View Post
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I was gonna post this as well. I also remove the windshield and bags and wash the bike at least every three months or so.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:28 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I use spray detailer with a microfiber cloth, only used a hose on it a couple times this summer and leaf blower to dry
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:07 PM   #18 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=David Edwards;1435442]I use meguiars auto wax in the paste on all the painted surfaces. This leaves an awsome shine that looks like glass and also makes all the black painted frame parts looks like new. Easy on and easy off. I also like the meguiars chrome polish, it makes the chrome shine like new.

sir are you in my shop lol thats what i use works wonders
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
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S100 Cycle Cleaner for bathtime, Original Bike Spirits afterwards and in between and Plexus on windshield and plastic parts. For heavier duty chrome polishing, Mothers Chrome Polish. For seat and saddlebags, Saddlemen Seat & Saddlebag Conditioner.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I'll second the S100, Got a S100 gift set last Christmas and Liked how it worked but it's a tad pricey and I have not gone through my gift set yet LOL But this spring I'm sure to use it up.

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